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ReStore Alexandria is Moving!

ReStore customers: Our ReStore in Alexandria is relocating! This is our last week at 7770 Richmond Highway. Be sure to stop by to score great deals on our remaining inventory before we relocate. We will be closing this location at 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 26.

ReStore Alexandria will soon be moving to the West End neighborhood in the City of Alexandria. The new ReStore will be larger than the previous one, so we will be able to provide you with more merchandise, deals and an even better selection than before! More information on the new location and Grand Opening event will be posted soon!

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Habitat NOVA Selected to Participate in NAP Tax Credit Program

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Media Contact:
Nathan Petrillo
Marketing & Communications Manager
Habitat NOVA
703-521-9890 Ext. 105

Habitat NOVA Selected to Participate in Neighborhood Assistance Program

Virginia Program Offers Tax Credits to Donors Supporting Non-profits Serving the Needy

ARLINGTON, Va. (July 2, 2014): Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia (Habitat NOVA) is pleased to announce its recent acceptance into the Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) run by the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Department of Social Services. This program offers tax credits for donations to approved non-profit organizations in Virginia that serve the needy.

“We’re excited to participate in NAP this year,” said Rev. Jon Smoot, Habitat NOVA’s executive director. “This program offers substantial state tax credits to our donors, who are supporting our mission to build safe, decent and affordable homes in Northern Virginia.”

Using the program, individual donors who give at least $500 may be eligible for a Virginia tax credit of 65 percent of the value of their total contribution between July 1, 2014, and December 31, 2014, or between January 1, 2015, and June 30, 2015.

NAP tax credits are also available to businesses and trusts. The minimum donation from an eligible business or trust is $616.

The Virginia Department of Social Services allocated tax credits to more than 200 charities that participate in NAP. Those interested in making a donation to Habitat NOVA should call 703-521-9890 to determine the amount of NAP tax credits available. Tax credits are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Donors must also complete Part I and II of the NAP Contribution Notification Form, and send it with all supporting documentation to Habitat NOVA to reserve their credits before making a donation. Habitat NOVA will complete the form and submit it to the Virginia Department of Social Services, which will send a tax credit certificate to the donor.

To learn more about the NAP tax credits or to download the NAP Contribution Notification Form, please visit: http://www.dss.virginia.gov/community/nap.cgi.

About Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia

Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia’s unique model of affordable housing is focused on home ownership. Habitat homeowners secure a no-interest mortgage, while the non-profit secures corporate sponsorship, in-kind donations and volunteer labor to make the home affordable. Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia (Habitat NOVA) was founded in 1990, and to date has built 80 homes, rehabilitated 4 homes and repaired 20 homes, benefiting more than 400 people. As a local, self-sustaining affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, Habitat NOVA serves the counties of Fairfax and Arlington and the Cities of Falls Church, Fairfax and Alexandria. Learn more at www.habitatnova.org.

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Thanks for Making Do More 24 a Big Success for Habitat NOVA

Thanks to our generous donors, Habitat NOVA raised $1,100 in 24 hours on June 19. Habitat NOVA participated in The United Way of the National Capital Area’s Do More 24™ giving event. The annual fundraiser, which benefits local nonprofit organizations, is only open for 24 hours online, during which donors can make gifts. Do More 24 awarded prizes to organizations throughout the day, in categories such as number of donations.

Do More 24 raised $1.1 million for nonprofits in our area. Thank you to everyone who donated to Habitat NOVA and helped spread the word! The donations will continue to help Habitat NOVA provide a “hand up” to home ownership, so that we can build a better community together.

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Habitat NOVA Seeks AmeriCorps Construction Assistant

Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia (Habitat NOVA) is searching for a Construction Assistant through the AmeriCorps program.

 Responsibilities of the position:

  • Direct and train volunteers and partner families on construction and repair sites
  • Provide on-site orientations and safety discussions to volunteers and partner families
  • Participate in carrying out construction tasks on a daily basis
  • Help manage materials on site and at the affiliate warehouse
  • Pick up and gather materials needed for projects
  • Maintain site safety by demonstrating safe practices, educating volunteers and partner families, and monitoring construction site
  • Use volunteer management techniques to facilitate positive experiences for volunteers and partner families working on site
  • Complete the reporting and timesheet requirements of the AmeriCorps program in a timely, accurate and thorough manner
  • Arrive on time and ready to promote the mission, goals and values of Habitat NOVA and the AmeriCorps program

We are looking for a team-oriented individual! It is essential to be a great communicator who is comfortable building and fostering relationships with our staff, volunteers, partner families and the community. Additionally, it is important to be a self-starter, someone who can look beyond what is asked and anticipate what needs to be done. A desire to gain construction knowledge and skills is crucial.

This is an 11-month commitment beginning in late August and ending in July 2015.  Benefits include a monthly stipend, education award, health benefits and a monthly housing supplement.

Interested? Please email Erica Painter at epainter@habitatnova.org.

The application can be found here: http://www.habitat.org/job/americorps-national

 

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Support Habitat NOVA on June 19

Thanks to our generous donors, Habitat NOVA raised more than $5,800 through Spring2ACTion in 24 hours on April 9. Did you want to participate, but missed it?

Don’t worry – you’ll have another opportunity soon. On June 19, support Habitat NOVA during the upcoming Do More 24™ online, one-day fundraiser.

To donate, click on the following link on June 19: https://domore24.org/#npo/habitat-for-humanity-of-northern-virginia.

 Do More 24

 

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Volunteers Work to Expand Habitat NOVA Women Build

A few weeks ago, just before Mother’s Day, Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia (Habitat NOVA) participated in National Women Build Week. Thirty women volunteered on two Habitat NOVA sites, painting siding on one site, and performing interior rehab work and landscaping on another site. A local news radio station, WNEW 99.1 FM, highlighted their efforts on May 7 at the Douglass Avenue site, featuring interviews with our Volunteer Manager Erica Painter and Sandlot Crew volunteer Gretchen Boyland.

Habitat NOVA Women Build volunteers at Douglass Avenue site on May 7, 2014.

Women Build volunteers at the Douglass Avenue build site on May 7.

What’s more exciting is that our volunteers are working to expand our Women Build program to provide opportunities year-round. Habitat NOVA’s Women Build program will provide opportunities for local women to build safe, decent and affordable homes for other women and their families in Northern Virginia. The program is open to all women, whether they have construction experience or not, who are interested in actively addressing the problem of families in substandard housing in our area.

Thanks to Mary Carson, committed faculty and administrators from MarymountUniversity, and the Habitat NOVA Women Build Steering Committee, the expanding program will bring together even more women to address the need for affordable home ownership opportunities. Those with construction skills educate other women who want to learn or strengthen building skills. The committee also needs additional volunteers to lead fundraising, marketing and communications, and event planning efforts. Those interested in serving on the committee should contact Erica Painter at epainter@habitatnova.org. The program is a great opportunity for local women to help other women and their families – one home at a time.

 -Rev. Jon Smoot, Habitat NOVA Executive Director

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Habitat Herald – May/June 2014

Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia’s May/June 2014 newsletter:
May-June 2014 Newsletter PDF

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Habitat Herald April 2014

Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia’s April newsletter.

(2014)

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Habitat NOVA Wins Award from Spring2ACTion

Thanks to the support of our volunteers and donors, we exceeded our goal for the Spring2ACTion fundraising event and earned an award for first-time participants.

Victoria Baker accepts award from Spring2Action.

Victoria Baker accepts award from Spring2Action.

Spring2ACTion is an annual 24-hour online fundraising event organized by ACT for Alexandria that brings the community together to raise funds for local non-profit organizations. This year, the one-day event raised more than $1 million for 121 organizations.

Habitat NOVA raised $5,830 in 24 hours to support our mission – more than twice our goal! In addition, thanks to your support, our third-place finish on the “First Timers” leader board earned us an award and prize. Victoria Baker, our Resource Development AmeriCorps VISTA who managed our successful participation in this event, accepted the award from ACT for Alexandria’s Executive Director, John Porter, on April 24 in Alexandria.

We appreciate your support during this event. Your financial contributions and help in getting the word out made a big difference!

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Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia and The Stafford Foundation Volunteers Build New Home in Northern Virginia

Media Contact: Jennifer Mulchandani, Director of Marketing & Communications
Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia
Office: 703-521-9890, extension 105
Direct Cell: 703-304-0465
jmulchandani@habitatnova.org

Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia and The Stafford Foundation Volunteers Build New Home in Northern Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Falls Church, Va.: Volunteers from The Stafford Foundation will help Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia continue to build a single family, 3-bedroom home on Douglass Avenue in Falls Church, Va. on Saturday, Apr. 5 from 9AM-3PM. This will be Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia’s 81st new home built since 1990.

Volunteers from The Stafford Foundation’s partner, Carpenter’s Shelter of Alexandria will participate in the building day. The Stafford Foundation is partnering with teams from the nonprofit organizations that contributed to the foundation’s “People’s Inaugural Project” in 2009.

Last month, The Stafford Foundation teamed up with Central Union Mission to work on the home, and in May, N Street Village will participate.

“The entire team learned a lot working with Habitat for Humanity and its Sand Lot crew,” said Earl W. Stafford, founder and chairman of The Stafford Foundation. “Our entire team read about the family who will be occupying the house, and was able to work alongside the husband and wife and get to know them. It gave everyone a sense of deep satisfaction knowing that they were helping a family in need.”

In addition to providing volunteer labor, The Stafford Foundation also contributed more than $50,000 to Habitat NOVA during the past year. This partnership underwrites the cost of home building, allowing Habitat NOVA to keep the price of the home affordable for the first time home buyer.

“The Stafford Foundation’s commitment to our mission of providing affordable home ownership makes a direct impact on the lives of the family that will live in the home, but also will make future projects possible,” said Rev. Jon Smoot, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia.

“It is a very satisfying and rewarding experience to work with Habitat for Humanity, and encouraging to see so many people giving their time selflessly,” Stafford said.

Virginia is the 9th least affordable state, according to the Northern Virginia Affordable Housing Alliance, whose data show average rents in Fairfax of $1,500 for a two-bedroom apartment. The data highlights a growing need for affordable housing, with renters needing to earn $60,000 to be able to afford a 2-bedroom apartment.

About Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia

Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia’s unique model of affordable housing is focused on home ownership. Habitat homeowners secure a no-interest mortgage, while the non-profit secures corporate sponsorship, in-kind donations, and volunteer labor to make the home affordable. Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia (Habitat NOVA) was founded in 1990, and to date has built 80 homes, rehabilitated 4 homes and repaired 20 homes, benefiting more than 400 people. As a local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, Habitat NOVA serves the counties of Fairfax and Arlington and the Cities of Falls Church, Fairfax, and Alexandria. More information is available at www.habitatnova.org.

Read more about this home on Habitat NOVA’s webpage.

Douglass Avenue Home

 

This single family, 3-bedroom home will be Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia’s 81st new home built since 1990. Habitat homeowners secure a no-interest mortgage, while the non-profit secures corporate sponsorship, in-kind donations, and volunteer labor to make the home affordable.

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